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The University of Houston College of Education can help you become a certified superintendent in Texas through our Executive Ed.D. in professional leadership – K-12 degree program. The program is designed for working professionals and can be completed in as few as three years.

You must be certified to work as a superintendent of a public school system in Texas.


After being admitted into the University of Houston, you also must be admitted into the College of Education’s superintendent-preparation program. This is a state requirement for all educator-prep programs. Students should look for more information from the College after being accepted to UH.

Basic requirements include:

  • Having a GPA of 2.5 or higher (based on last degree earned)
  • Holding a valid Texas teacher certification
  • Having at minimum a master’s degree
  • Holding a valid Texas principal certification*

UH typically has a high admission rate for those who meet the state requirements.

*Principal certification is required to earn superintendent certification. If you want superintendent certification and do not have principal certification, you must apply to the College’s principal certification only program and finish those requirements before starting the Ed.D. superintendent program courses.


Once formally admitted in the certification program, you must complete the following:

  • 200+ clock hours of content and pedagogy (5+ courses)
    • For the doctoral degree, additional courses will be required.
  • 160+ practicum hours
  • 135+ observation minutes by a UH field supervisor


To earn certification, you must:

  • Successfully complete all coursework.
  • Complete all required practicum hours and observations.
  • Complete the degree program.
  • Hold a principal certification or the equivalent issued by the Texas Education Agency, another state or country, or have TEA approval to substitute managerial experience.
  • Hold at minimum a master’s degree.
  • Pass the state TExES certification exam.


General certification questions

Certification office
UH College of Education

Program certification questions

Keith Butcher
Clinical assistant professor
UH College of Education